CS/1388 - Trainee Social Worker
£27,041 to £29,577

Windsor House Fixed Term - until 31/10/2022 37 hours per week Grade F (£27,041 to £29,577)

Trainee Social Worker - Role Profile

Plymouth City Council (PCC) are pleased to offer an exciting opportunity to train as a Social Worker, commencing in January 2022.

Through our partnership with the Open University, we offer a sponsored opportunity to undertake a 17-month Post Graduate Diploma in Social Work, which combines work and study .on qualification, applicants will be able to register for the protected title of ‘Social Worker’ and will be eligible for employment with Plymouth City Council’s Children Young People and Families Service. For more information about the course please see
http://www.open.ac.uk/postgraduate/qualifications/e85

Interested parties are invited to attend a question and answer session 17th June 2021 at 1400via Microsoft Teams (Virtual). Should you wish to attend, please confirm attendance hereDevProf@plymouth.gov.uk with the email header: ‘OU Information Session’.

Applicants must be passionate about working with children, young people and families. We are looking for resilient and dedicated people, who wish to pursue a long-term career in Social Work and who are committed to principles of public service.

Applicants must hold a degree in a relevant subject and have GCSE English and Maths or equivalent. See Open University Entry Requirements for more detail.

Plymouth City Council will employ successful appointees as a full time Trainee Social Worker from January 2022. Salary: Grade F, (£25,463 per annum). Plymouth City Council will sponsor the appointee for the duration of their social work qualification and will pay Open University fees for the Post Graduate Diploma in Social Work.

On completion of the Post Graduate Diploma in Social Work, the appointee will be required to apply for a position as a Newly Qualified Social Worker (ASYE) Grade G (£29,055 to £31,401).

Note: The Trainee Social Work employment and continuing career development pathway requires commitment, motivation and aptitude:

• The local authority will contractually require the appointed TSW to commit to employment with PCC’s Children Young People and Families Services for a minimum of two years post qualifying service from the point of receiving their social work qualification and registration as a Social Worker. Subject to the candidate being appointable and the council having a vacancy to appoint the candidate to.

• Appointees will be contractually obliged to reimburse PCC for their Open University fees in the event of certain conditions not being met.

• On successful appointment as a Newly Qualified Social Worker, PCC will continue to support continuous professional development through our Assessed and Supported Year in Employment, and subsequent development opportunities.

Applications and Shortlisting

All applicants will need to follow the procedure stipulated below. No alternative dates can be provided.

• All applicants should complete and submit a Plymouth City Council Application form. Your application should include relevant details which confirm that you meet all of the Open University Entry Requirement’s (set out below), as well as the requirements stated on the application form. Closing date for Plymouth City Council Applications is the 5th July 2021.

• Shortlisting of Plymouth City Council Applications will take place on the 7th July 2021.

• Successful applicants will be sent the Open University Application form, and a Declaration of Suitability form by e-mail. Note: Your Declaration of Suitability form MUST be signed by your current employer.

• By 22nd July 2021, candidates will be required to complete OU documents and provide proof of qualifications. Please note: The candidates must have successfully completed the qualifications and be able to provide evidence of this. An invitation to interview cannot be offered if the applicant’s qualification is still in progress or the result is pending, or they are unable to supply evidence of their qualifications in advance.

• Candidates MUST have their completed Open University Application form and Declaration of Suitability form. They should also have original documentation of their academic qualification and a current DBS certificate if they have one.• Candidates will be sent an appointed time for this process, where they will also have opportunity to meet Professional Development staff and ask any questions about the programme, or service.

• On completion of this session, Plymouth City Council will forward submitted forms to the Open University for screening.

• Candidates whose Application and Declaration of Suitability form is accepted by the Open University will then be invited for a written interview. Virtual written Interviews will take place on2nd August 1300-1530.

• From the written tests, those who are competitively shortlisted will be invited to a formal virtual interview on 16th August 2021 0930-1700

Open University Entry Requirements

Applicants should have an honors degree with a minimum 2:2 classification in any discipline ,together with a proven record of experience in engaging directly with Service Users in a professional setting.

The relevance of candidates’ experience will be considered individually on application however ,we would usually expect a minimum of one year's experience, either paid or voluntary, in a local authority or health and social care provider setting. This may include private, voluntary and independent sector agencies.

Applicants who do not meet the work experience requirement but hold a 2:1 classification in a cognate discipline will also be considered. Relevant subjects include:

• Health and Social Care
• Nursing
• Occupational Therapy
• Psychology
• Sociology/Social Studies
• Law/Legal studies

In addition, you must satisfy the following entry criteria:
• Have GCSE grade A*–C in English and Mathematics, or certified equivalent.
• Demonstrate IT competence through self-declaration
• Achieve an International English Language Testing Systems (IELTS) score of 7 if English is not your first language
• Undertake a written test
• Take part in an interview• Have an enhanced DBS with lists check (i.e. checks against all registers including both children and vulnerable adults) dated within one year prior to starting the Programme
• Complete a health check. If, in exceptional circumstances, there are serious doubts about your fitness to practice on health grounds, the Open University’s Occupational Health Dept. may ask you to undergo a medical examination. This examination will be at your own expense.

This information is available on the Open University Webpagehttp://www.open.ac.uk/postgraduate/qualifications/e85#entry-requirements

Closing Date: Monday 05 July 2021
 









Vacancy Description
Windsor House Fixed Term - until 31/10/2022 37 hours per week Grade F (£27,041 to £29,577)
 
Trainee Social Worker - Role Profile

Plymouth City Council (PCC) are pleased to offer an exciting opportunity to train as a Social Worker, commencing in January 2022.

Through our partnership with the Open University, we offer a sponsored opportunity to undertake a 17-month Post Graduate Diploma in Social Work, which combines work and study .on qualification, applicants will be able to register for the protected title of ‘Social Worker’ and will be eligible for employment with Plymouth City Council’s Children Young People and Families Service. For more information about the course please see
http://www.open.ac.uk/postgraduate/qualifications/e85

Interested parties are invited to attend a question and answer session 17th June 2021 at 1400via Microsoft Teams (Virtual). Should you wish to attend, please confirm attendance hereDevProf@plymouth.gov.uk with the email header: ‘OU Information Session’.

Applicants must be passionate about working with children, young people and families. We are looking for resilient and dedicated people, who wish to pursue a long-term career in Social Work and who are committed to principles of public service.

Applicants must hold a degree in a relevant subject and have GCSE English and Maths or equivalent. See Open University Entry Requirements for more detail.

Plymouth City Council will employ successful appointees as a full time Trainee Social Worker from January 2022. Salary: Grade F, (£25,463 per annum). Plymouth City Council will sponsor the appointee for the duration of their social work qualification and will pay Open University fees for the Post Graduate Diploma in Social Work.

On completion of the Post Graduate Diploma in Social Work, the appointee will be required to apply for a position as a Newly Qualified Social Worker (ASYE) Grade G (£29,055 to £31,401).

Note: The Trainee Social Work employment and continuing career development pathway requires commitment, motivation and aptitude:

• The local authority will contractually require the appointed TSW to commit to employment with PCC’s Children Young People and Families Services for a minimum of two years post qualifying service from the point of receiving their social work qualification and registration as a Social Worker. Subject to the candidate being appointable and the council having a vacancy to appoint the candidate to.

• Appointees will be contractually obliged to reimburse PCC for their Open University fees in the event of certain conditions not being met.

• On successful appointment as a Newly Qualified Social Worker, PCC will continue to support continuous professional development through our Assessed and Supported Year in Employment, and subsequent development opportunities.

Applications and Shortlisting

All applicants will need to follow the procedure stipulated below. No alternative dates can be provided.

• All applicants should complete and submit a Plymouth City Council Application form. Your application should include relevant details which confirm that you meet all of the Open University Entry Requirement’s (set out below), as well as the requirements stated on the application form. Closing date for Plymouth City Council Applications is the 5th July 2021.

• Shortlisting of Plymouth City Council Applications will take place on the 7th July 2021.

• Successful applicants will be sent the Open University Application form, and a Declaration of Suitability form by e-mail. Note: Your Declaration of Suitability form MUST be signed by your current employer.

• By 22nd July 2021, candidates will be required to complete OU documents and provide proof of qualifications. Please note: The candidates must have successfully completed the qualifications and be able to provide evidence of this. An invitation to interview cannot be offered if the applicant’s qualification is still in progress or the result is pending, or they are unable to supply evidence of their qualifications in advance.

• Candidates MUST have their completed Open University Application form and Declaration of Suitability form. They should also have original documentation of their academic qualification and a current DBS certificate if they have one.• Candidates will be sent an appointed time for this process, where they will also have opportunity to meet Professional Development staff and ask any questions about the programme, or service.

• On completion of this session, Plymouth City Council will forward submitted forms to the Open University for screening.

• Candidates whose Application and Declaration of Suitability form is accepted by the Open University will then be invited for a written interview. Virtual written Interviews will take place on2nd August 1300-1530.

• From the written tests, those who are competitively shortlisted will be invited to a formal virtual interview on 16th August 2021 0930-1700

Open University Entry Requirements

Applicants should have an honors degree with a minimum 2:2 classification in any discipline ,together with a proven record of experience in engaging directly with Service Users in a professional setting.

The relevance of candidates’ experience will be considered individually on application however ,we would usually expect a minimum of one year's experience, either paid or voluntary, in a local authority or health and social care provider setting. This may include private, voluntary and independent sector agencies.

Applicants who do not meet the work experience requirement but hold a 2:1 classification in a cognate discipline will also be considered. Relevant subjects include:

• Health and Social Care
• Nursing
• Occupational Therapy
• Psychology
• Sociology/Social Studies
• Law/Legal studies

In addition, you must satisfy the following entry criteria:
• Have GCSE grade A*–C in English and Mathematics, or certified equivalent.
• Demonstrate IT competence through self-declaration
• Achieve an International English Language Testing Systems (IELTS) score of 7 if English is not your first language
• Undertake a written test
• Take part in an interview• Have an enhanced DBS with lists check (i.e. checks against all registers including both children and vulnerable adults) dated within one year prior to starting the Programme
• Complete a health check. If, in exceptional circumstances, there are serious doubts about your fitness to practice on health grounds, the Open University’s Occupational Health Dept. may ask you to undergo a medical examination. This examination will be at your own expense.

This information is available on the Open University Webpagehttp://www.open.ac.uk/postgraduate/qualifications/e85#entry-requirements

Closing Date: Monday 05 July 2021